The Crying Boy (and Bob) of OU
By Joe O'Connell, 12:08PM, Thu. Oct. 12, 2006
The Crying Boy of OU is apparently getting his mug plastered all over T-shirts and e-mail attachments slinging back and forth across the Red River. See the above photo of the sobbing youngster who may or may not have been upset that his beloved Sooners got squashed by the University of Texas Longhorns. Or maybe his dad wouldn't buy him a corny dog.
In either case, he's not the only one in Norman with crocodile tears. OU Coach Bob Stoops has also been letting a few drip over what he sees as "questionable" calls made in favor of Texas in the Sooners' 28-10 loss last Saturday. Was it a lateral or was it a forward pass? Did Adrian Peterson actually fumble or did the ground knock the ball loose? Who cares, Bob? You lost.
OK, sure, we'll give you the Oregon win. You were robbed. The refs admitted it. Duly, mentally, noted in your final standings. But the old Stoops many in Austin love to hate would never have complained about officiating at the Cotton Bowl. The old Stoops, the one who still scares the bejesus out of Texas's Mack Brown for his guts and creativity on game day (anyone else notice the stiff exchange between Stoops and Brown after the win? Mack usually leans low and whispers some gooey platitudes after a victory. Not with scary, scary Stoops!), would be having his players running bleachers after they failed to hustle on those two questioned plays.
The Texas players have finally learned: keep playing even if the ball may not be in play. It sure worked for Aaron Ross who's looking like an All American after snagging that errant lateral off the turf and running it in for a score before the whistle could blow. That's hustle, Bob. The kind of hustle that's made you and the Sooners a force to be reckoned with. Buy the Crying Boy a corny dog already, and get back to scaring the Texas coaches into coming up with a more creative offense.
On a semi-related note, Bevo XIII bit the dust this weekend of natural causes, though I suspect a ref did it. I once had my picture taken with this particular Bevo outside the mall. Should we really be pimping the beef like this? I believe it was $5 for a Polaroid. This here steer retired in 2004 after 16 years of cud-chewing duty – more than any other Bevo. Think that'll give the Horns something to play for against Baylor? I just wish the game were in Baylor so I could get a butterscotch shake from Health Camp on the Circle.